The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

July 8, 2013

Cheers and jeers

Cheers: To all those who braved the heat and road work to take part in the 30th anniversary of the Mifflinburg 5K. The annual event, which is part of the Mifflinburg Fourth of July celebration, had nearly 800 runners this year, a record. Just goes to show how much tradition and family can override any sort of inconvenience due to road construction.

Cheers: To Knoebels Amusement Resort. The local favorite received national recognition when the Travel Channel named it the second best amusement park in the nation. The family-owned -- and admission-free -- park ranked ahead of the likes of Disney World's Magic Kingdom and HersheyPark.

Jeers: To Gov. Tom Corbett. It seems as if little progress was made in the past legislative session with the governor going 0-for-3 on his big-ticket items. While he did put a big pile of cash back into education, the governor came up short on liquor privatization, transportation and pension reform, his three main agenda items this year. With the transportation failure, the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway may once again be history.

Cheers: To Gettysburg 150. Tens of thousands of historians, re-enactors and citizens descended upon the tiny Pennsylvania crossroads town to commemorate the 150th anniversary of one of the nation's most historic military battles. As President Abraham Lincoln eloquently noted months later in the Gettysburg Address, "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." A century and a half later, people still remember.

Cheers: To all whose nostalgia for playground kickball put together a celebrity matchup to raise money for Sunbury's annual fireworks display. Spearheaded (and that is not an oblique reference to a hairless or pointy noggin) by Max Media's Y-106.5 radio star Chad Evans, the known kickball associates included state and local elected officials, police officers and media personalities. Athletic ability aside, these are a bunch of good sports.

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